STUC on Longannet Carbon Capture and Storage Announcement

October 19th 2011

Reacting to today’s announcement by the Coalition Government Energy Secretary that the plans for the UK's first carbon capture project at Longannet power station in Fife are to be scrapped, Stephen Boyd, Scottish Trades Union Congress Assistant Secretary said:

"The refusal of the Coalition to back the Longannet CCS project will have disastrous consequences for Scotland. At a stroke, first mover advantage in a key emerging global industry is lost and with it potentially thousands of quality skilled jobs. Public investment is essential as no private consortium will underwrite the level of technological and regulatory risk associated with a project of this nature. Energy policy at UK and Scottish level is now in tatters".

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For further information contact Stephen Boyd 0141 337 8100

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